Palma.—Despite Palma being braced for a drop in cruise visitors this year, 10'000 passengers less per week is the latest estimated, last year the Balearics was the second most popular destination in Spain.

Last year the country's cruise industry achieved an all time record number of cruise passengers . In total 8 million cruise passengers visited Spanish destinations in 2011, an increase of 11.8%.

According to cruise market estimates, combining all the European destinations together, the total number of passengers who visited a European country in 2011 exceeded 37.5 million, which implies that 21.4% of these visits were made to a Spanish port.

The Mediterranean continues to be the second largest world market, but the Atlantic market also grew more than 22 percent.
Mediterranean ports accounted for 70% of the number of passengers arriving in Spain, which means 5.5 million cruise passengers visited at least one of our ports.

The numerous destinations of the Mediterranean have made it the second largest world market, with more than 26 million passengers in 2011, after the Caribbean (31 million). While the latter grew by 1.1%, the former grew by 10%.

According to these figures, one in five visited a Spanish destination in the Mediterranean.
Barcelona continues to be the most frequented port with 2.6 million, followed by the Balearics with 1.6 million and Malaga with more than 638.000.
Valencia's previsions look promising for the years to come, having grown by nearly 50%, with 378.463 cruise passengers' visitors last year, and making it a growing destination in comparison with the average growth of Mediterranean ports estimated at 9.4%.


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